Beautiful Carnivorous Plants That Eat Bugs
Carnivorous plants that eat insects or other small creatures may seem a bit strange and sinister, but it's worth remembering that they developed this talent for survival.
These plants are often native to swamps, heaths, or swamps, environments that are known to have nutrient-deficient soils.
In some cases, eating insects or other small creatures is pretty much the only way a plant can survive.
As a survival mechanism, these plants have developed strategies to add meat to their diets instead of the normal method of obtaining energy: extracting nutrients from the soil.
The result of these adaptations can be a plant that, by conventional standards, looks quite strange. Here are 10 strange and interesting carnivorous plants.
Cobra lily (Darlingtonia californica)
The snake lily (Darlingtonia californica), which is also known as the California jar, is closely related to other carnivorous plants in the Sarraceniaceae family.
The most common names were coined because the flower resembles the head of a snake ready to attack. This strange appearance makes it fun to grow snake lilies just for the novelty.
The mechanism by which carnivorous plants kill insects is by trapping water in a specialized jar-shaped leaf structure.
The small downward-pointing hairs prevent the insect from escaping.
Tropical pitcher plant (Nepenthes spp.)
In addition to the North American species, there are also tropical potted plants that mainly come from lands bordering the Indian Ocean.
Many are woody vines and maybe the strangest of all carnivorous plants. Their mugs hung, reminding you of the powder horn that hung from Daniel Boone's shoulder.
Sundew (Drosera spp.)
They are beautiful plants whose common name is due to the sticky and shiny secretions that cover the hairs that protrude from the leaves.
Unlike many vase plants, which are passively attached, lees from the sun actively respond to touch; the hair-like tentacles literally search for the insect as soon as contact is detected.
In some species, the leaves themselves roll up to engulf the insect.
Solar pitcher plant (Heliamphora spp.)
The Heliamphora genus contains more than 20 species native to South America, collectively known as solar plants.
Like species in the genera Nepenthes and Sarracenia, these plants have developed jar-shaped modified leaf structures that retain water to drown insects.
The length of the jug frame can range from 6 to 16 inches long, depending on the species.
Bladder (Utricularia spp.)
This last category of carnivorous plants has the most complicated and ingenious trapping mechanism.
Composed of more than 200 species, the plants of the genus Utricularia are aquatic or terrestrial plants that suck water through an elastic, bean-shaped bladder that opens when the hair strands are touched by some tiny creature such as the daphnia (flea of Water).
The sudden opening of the empty bladder draws water and any unfortunate creatures present, just like a syringe draws fluid when the plunger is withdrawn.
The plant then slowly squeezes the water through filter membranes. The little creature is trapped inside.
We hope you enjoy watching this video about the top 20 carnivorous plants that eat animals:
Source: Ultimate Fact
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